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Deputy fired gun in Millard County incident that left 1 hospitalized

By Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Posted - May 22, 2020 at 8:38 p.m.



SCIPIO, Millard County — A Millard County sheriff’s deputy is on administrative leave after firing his weapon during an officer-involved shooting on Thursday.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Nick Street confirmed on Friday the deputy had fired his weapon sometime while responding to a suspicious vehicle during an incident that led to a high-speed chase along I-15.

Following the chase, the deputy found the driver, identified on Friday as 36-year-old Adam Ray Oney, injured with a gunshot wound.

Oney, of Westminster, Colorado, was transported to a Wasatch Front hospital via medical helicopter. He remained in the hospital on Friday.

Late Thursday morning, the Millard County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call about a suspicious truck in a Scipio neighborhood, according to UHP and Millard County Sheriff's Office.

When the deputy approached the truck, Oney drove away and ended up reaching speeds higher than 100 mph on I-15, officials said Thursday; he came to a stop after he drove the truck off the interstate, onto the shoulder and into some trees.

At some point during the incident, the deputy discharged his weapon, Street said Friday. However, when exactly that happened was still under investigation.

When the deputy approached the vehicle after it came to a stop, he found Oney injured with a gunshot, Street said; it is also still under investigation how and when the wound occurred.

The State Bureau of Investigation is working with the Millard County Attorney to conduct an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

As is protocol, the deputy was placed on administrative leave on Friday pending the investigation’s outcome.

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